Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum partners with Paws of War to offer dog therapy as a grief support tool

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum partners with Paws of War to offer dog therapy as a grief support tool

Pinelawn Memorial Park & Arboretum is honored to announce a special collaboration with Paws of War, a Long Island-based not-for-profit organization, to make trained service dogs available as part of its grief support offerings to help Pinelawn families who are mourning the loss of a loved one.

Animals certified by Therapy Dog International, and trained by the professionals of Paws of War, will be on-site at Pinelawn’s upcoming Spring Candlelight Remembrance Vigil on April 13, at 6 PM.

This event is an annual occasion for approximately 300 attendees to honor their loved ones through a name-reading ceremony, accompanied by the lighting of candles. Guests will have the unique opportunity to visit the service animals throughout the vigil for comfort and support during their healing experience.

“Pinelawn is committed to helping guide our families every step of the way by offering tools and support so that they feel a sense of peace and security even during the most trying of times,” said Justin Locke, president of Pinelawn Memorial Park & Arboretum. “Our collaboration with Paws of War offers a new, unique, calming influence to support the healing process for those who are mourning. It is incredible to witness the therapeutic role animals can play, and we are honored to have these service dogs visiting at Pinelawn.”

Traditionally known for honoring and supporting veterans, Paws of War aids active military members, first responders, and those suffering from PTSD through animal therapy.

The training process that Paws of War service dogs go through prepares them to pick up on the acute signals that someone is suffering and intervene to shift the focus back to a positive environment.

“Our therapy dogs don’t just offer comfort, they provide a source of hope and give unconditional love, serving as a gentle respite during tough times,” said Ryan Haugstatter, Director of Veteran Affairs & Development with Paws of War “It’s a privilege to work with Pinelawn Memorial Park & Arboretum as we share a commitment to supporting our military families and the Long Island community. We know the healing powers that only animals can bring, and we are thankful to be part of this candlelight vigil.”

Therapy dogs will also be on-site at Pinelawn for other events throughout the year, such as the annual Lantern Lighting Celebration. To see a full list of Pinelawn’s schedule of events for 2024 and to be added to the email list to learn more, click here.




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